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Schreck invited to share research

Published: Jul 06 2020
Jane Schreck
Bismarck State College Professor of English Jane M. Schreck has received two invitations to share her scholarly research on writer-thinker-farmer Wendell Berry this summer.

Schreck will be a virtual guest in a class at Pepperdine University on July 9. The online class is a humanities general education requirement for juniors and seniors, and the curriculum for the class focuses on Berry’s writings. The class reading list includes several of Berry’s essays, novels, and poems organized thematically, as well as scholarly articles analyzing Berry’s work. Included on the reading list is one of Schreck’s articles: “Theological Voices in Wendell Berry’s Fiction,” published in 2017 in the Boston College journal “Religion & the Arts.”

On August 2, Schreck will be the virtual guest speaker at the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation’s weekly service, with a talk that will center on Berry’s thinking in light of national and world events.

Berry is an American novelist, poet, ecological activist, cultural critic and farmer. His local focus and his emphasis on community and the ecosphere create a vision for education that could lead to a healthier, more peaceable world. The BSC Visiting Writers Series hosted Berry on campus in 2004 for a public reading and other events.

Schreck holds a doctorate in teaching and learning in higher education from the University of North Dakota (UND). Her dissertation research was an in-depth examination of Berry’s work as it relates to higher education. Her scholarly publications since then have expanded that work with four articles and an essay on Berry. Schreck also holds a master's degree in English and bachelor’s degrees in English, mathematics and education, all from UND.